Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Skinny Jumps are just like all other jumps - 2 standards, some poles going across, and you jump it. Just look at it that way. That might help.
The only difference is, of course, they are skinnier. lol.
When you are approaching a skinny, you want to envision a tunnel. Imagine this tunnel is wrapped around that fence, and you want to make it out the other end. You don't want your horse to go anywhere, but strait down the middle of that tunnel.
On approach, I sit deep, wrap my legs around my horse, sit up tall, open my chest and I look absolutely NO WHERE else, but my landing point *the end of the tunnel*.
You have to make sure you close all your doors. Do not fault your horse through your form. The moment you look down, look at the fence, allow any of your aids to faulter, you wont make it.
You are faulting yourself, by looking at the fence, by thinking negatively - and in turn, your horse is feeding off of you and reflecting what you are doing. Remember, our horses are mirrors, they reflect 100% of what we do in the saddle.
I also wanted to ask, what shape is this horse your are now riding? He may go faster, because he physically needs to. I am only assuming though, without seeing him move and seeing how he is built.
I say this, because of my horse. Yes, he is 16.3hh and he is thick like a warmblood X, but he is short strided. He needs more forward momentum and more impulsion to get over a 3'0"-3'3" course than in compareson to my friends TB Gelding.
His TB is more "longer" in body. He's 15.2hh, but he's longer than Nelson, with a bigger stride, so they can go thorugh a jumper course, slower than Nelson and I can.
Just an example of what I am trying to convey.